At the Same Moment Around the World by Clotilde Perrin
This book was great to me, not only because it resembles Isabelle Arsenault’s illustration style (and I’ve gone on about that before) but because it’s got absolutely phenomenal cultural representation. It’s a great introduction to time zones–the whole thing is all about what various children around the globe are doing in one moment–but it also features many countries that are underrepresented in picture books. For example, “in Nuuk, Greenland, it is three o’clock in the morning, and Lexi can’t sleep,” along with Hanoi, Vietnam, and Baghdad, Iraq. Obviously all children are fictional, but the introduction to various countries is crucial, especially those that are often featured on the news in a way that might be scary for young readers. It’s important that they see there are people like them all over the world, and we all do similar things!
Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Morstad
Can you guess who this one is about? You’re right! In this book, Julia and Simca’s friendship is front and center, and readers explore a world of culinary delights that unite children and adults alike. Charming illustrations accompany and feature scenes like a lovely French street market, cooking class with snobby would-be cooks, and of course two friends who want to share their passion for food with others. It’s no wonder that I love this book–it features two of my very favorite things in the world!
Side note: Here’s another one by Kyo Maclear. I think I have a new favorite picture book author for 2015!
What great picture books are you guys excited about this week?